Disclaimer: Research shows that homemade cloth masks don’t work as well as surgical masks, but using them are still better than having no protection.
With the drastic increase of new COVID-19 cases in the country, the growth of demand for basic necessities have increased as well. The items that are usually out of stock at stores are rubbing alcohol and face masks.
As a substitute for alcohol, you can always wash your hands for 20 seconds with soap. For face masks, you can make your own! Leave the masks for others who are in need or donate them to frontliners. If you’re healthy and staying at home, there’s no need for you to have a professional-grade mask.
According to recent studies, you can get infected by the virus if you’re near someone who is coughing, sneezing, or even speaking. However, experts say that wearing a simple homemade mask can 100% prevent the spread of potentially infected microdroplets. This is important especially if you’re not showing any symptoms.
Together with social distancing, staying at home, and washing your hands, a DIY mask is your top gear for your battle against COVID-19. You can start making your homemade face mask from old clothes. Make sure that the fabric is thick enough, you check by looking if you can see through the fabric or not.
Here’s how to make your own face mask:
- Outer fabric: 25cm x 19cm
- Inner fabric: 19cm x 14cm
- Needle and thread
- Two pieces of very long ribbon, string or band, approx. 24 inches each (you can cut it afterward if it’s too long)
Important Note: Not all types of fabric can be used to make a mask. 100% cotton with a high thread count is recommended.